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By Independent Lancaster, Oct 27 2016 06:19AM

Two new businesses have just joined up in support of the local loyalty card. The first is "Wilde and Well Read" a recently launched cafe on New Street that's offering cardholders 10% off all of their purchases there.

The second business joining us is William Firth Woodcraft, based in Lancaster and currently selling his wares online until they can get a shop front in the city centre. They're offering cardholders 10% off when they spend £10 or more. Please get in touch with them for further information if needed.

Wilde and Well Read
Wilde and Well Read
William Firth Woodcraft
William Firth Woodcraft

By Independent Lancaster, May 22 2016 10:32AM

Lancaster Music Festival
Lancaster Music Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Lancaster Music Festival 2016

FESTIVAL DATE: 13th - 17th October 2016

VENUE: Various music venues across Lancaster City


Lancaster's award-winning FREE Music Festival: Welcoming Walkable Wonderful is famous for reflecting the city of Lancaster's vast musical abundance, excellence and diversity while bringing in top notch acts from around the UK and worldwide. Driven by well over 200 acts performing a wide range of genres, the festival takes place over 5 days at over 40 venues bringing the entire city to life with live music. No wonder the festival is dubbed as Lancaster's Unofficial Bank Holiday weekend!

Live music venues include the main stage at Lancaster Castle, all four of Lancaster's historic outdoor squares, Williamson Park, countless pubs, bars, restaurants, coffee places, theatres, shops and even the local brewery.

The festival is FREE TO ATTEND! However, there's a nominal £1 entry into the Castle main stage (a limited number of weekend passes will be available from the festival website from 1st July 2016).

The family-friendly festival caters for kids of all ages from 8 to 80.

Venues will be hosting live music all times of day, with at least one venue with a 24 hour licence. For beer lovers, there is an official Festival Ale specially taste-tested by our festival team. There is also a wide variety of excellent eateries for appetites worked up by wandering from venue to venue, dancing or from general carousing.

For visitors to the city there are plenty of hotels providing overnight accommodation (although we advise early booking as rooms tend to sell out fast), as well as a campsite at Lancaster Cricket Ground.

So come along to a huge variety of performances from local, regional, national and international acts. More venues, more acts, more of the time, more music, more madness!

As one of our sponsors put it, "If you can't find music you like at Lancaster Music Festival you probably don't like music".

Watch a video of Lancaster Music Festival here:

For more information about the festival including full programme details, how to apply to perform, and information on camping, please visit our website or contact us via email or social media using the details below.





By Independent Lancaster, May 1 2016 08:00AM

Independent Lancaster has been going for over a year now! Thank you to all the cardholders and businesses supporting this scheme and helping to promote local spending. If you bought a card early on last year then don't forget it'll need renewing any moment now. Just visit HERE to buy a new card for the next 12 months of local deals.

By Independent Lancaster, Apr 27 2016 08:00AM

After their old premises on Rosemary Lane was flooding at the end of 2015, clothing shop Waterhouse has upped sticks and relocated to a shiny new shop on Brock Street. They're just across the road from fellow Independent Lancaster supporting business Arteria and the same side of the road as The Polish Delicatessen. Card holders are in for a treat on this street!

By Independent Lancaster, Mar 11 2016 10:16AM

Storm Desmond at the end of 2015 ruined the Christmases of many people in Lancashire. Great swatches of Lancaster town centre ended up under several feet of water and businesses were destroyed. In the aftermath of the storm people have been doing their best to rebuild their livlihoods and some premises were able to open again after a few weeks. Others are still fighting with insurance companies, dealing with complete building renovation and trying to get things back on track. It could be another few months before they're back up and running again.

Some of the businesses have moved premises entirely and reopened elsewhere in town, such as the FIG Tree, which was located in the old chuch on the corner of Chapel street, selling fair trade items. They've had to relocate their stock into a number of different locations, such as the Corner Stone Cafe near Dalton Square. Both the FIG Tree and the Corner Stone Cafe support the Independent Lancaster loyalty card and we're really pleased to see businesses coming together to help each other out in these difficult times.

The clothing shop Waterhouse which was also hit by the flooding, has moved locations to Brock Street. They're not open yet but they're optimistic they should be on track for opening by Easter all being well.

Go Burrito on lower Church Street was devested by the flooding and they're still unfortunately closed, but they're working hard on sorting out the insurance and pulling through.

Lancaster's had a tough time of it lately, and with cuts to museum services on the cards along with hikes in council tax and reductions of bin collections - things are set to get grimmer. But we're a hardy and resilient lot here in Lancashire and as the aftermath of the flooding showed, we know how to pull together as a community when the chips are down. This is a very gratifying thing to know.

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